By Lucas Vader
Immediately north of Delta City Hall at 360 Main St., there is a blank space “pocket park” that has been long neglected, but it is now in the midst of a revamping process.
Thanks to excess funds and the TABOR amendment, the City of Delta recently found themselves with some extra money with some interesting restrictions. The money could only be used in the form of a non-cash refund to the city, and the benefit had to be something that wasn’t already planned. It couldn’t, for instance, just speed up a different project that is already underway.
With that, they are now targeting the empty space by City Hall, which is incidentally called “Centennial Park,” to the surprise of long-residing council members who never knew that it had a name.
The Delta City Council discussed upcoming plans for the pocket park at its Nov. 3 regular meeting.
Firstly, Centennial Park has already seen a significant new paint job. Delta’s own marketing coordinator, Darin Hamm, painted a new mural on the side of City Hall which summarizes Delta recreation with a golfer, a fisherman, bikers and more. It includes significant Delta scenery as well. Closer to the street, there is an even newer-painted shoutout to Delta fresh produce.
Future plans, according to council discussion, will allegedly include strings of lights overhead between the buildings on either side, new furniture including picnic tables and benches, and shade structures.
Additionally, they have already contracted with Doughty Steel to replace the old fire escape.
Between ordering furniture and sprucing the area up with planters and shade, City Manager Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry said that the quick project should be complete by the end of the year.
The project appears to be falling within the constraints of their excess funds at about $18,000 for the whole project.